The UK record for the hottest August bank holiday is expected to be broken on Sunday or Monday.
Temperatures could reach 25C by next weekend after a period of heavy rain across the UK.
The RAF Chinook has been dropping huge bags of aggregate to help stem the flow of water into the reservoir at Toddbrook near Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire.
Heavy rain has caused chaos in parts of the north of the UK as flooding saw people rescued by emergency services after they were stranded, with others evacuated. A major incident was declared late on Wednesday in Poynton, Cheshire, due to “severe flooding” and early on Thursday rail lines between Manchester Airport and Wilmslow had also been disrupted by the deluge. Police have urged people not to ignore ‘road closed’ signs by driving or walking through water, warning that their car could become submerged or the road underneath could have collapsed. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said firefighters, emergency services personnel and staff from Highways England were helping those affected, with a rest centre established at Poynton Civic Hall. Poynton Fire Station said its crews had attended more than 20 incidents, including rescuing at least 11 people from floodwater in the area during a four-hour period. Police in nearby Wilmslow also said officers were “dealing with flooding” and had evacuated affected residents, with Oakenclough Children’s Centre open as a rest centre. Things were set to look up on Thursday, with the Met Office forecasting a “much drier picture” across England. Forecaster Luke Miall said only sporadic rain was likely in central and western Scotland and northern England, possibly as far south as Yorkshire.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for rain large areas of Scotland and England, with the exception of the South West region, until Sunday afternoon.
Firefighters in Saffron Walden had to smash the car window to rescue Bertie the Cockerpoo who had been left locked inside.
A new record temperature for 2019 was set on Saturday, with 34C (93.2F) recorded at Heathrow and elsewhere in west London - just short of the 35.6C (96F) June record set in 1976.
Temperatures in Britain over Friday and Saturday are expected to top 30 degrees as the heatwave arrives over the Channel
Temperatures could reach as high as 35C in London on Saturday, as Europe braces for a heatwave.
Homes were left without power and roads were flooded in parts of the South East.
Monday is expected to be extremely wet across southern and eastern England, the Met Office says.
Forecasters are expecting the UK will bask in scorching heat of up to 30C (86F) this Saturday. “The indication is that we could see highs of 28C (82F), isolated highs of around 28C, on Saturday, and the most likely candidate places for those would be places like Norwich, north London, those sorts of areas away from the coast, but in the south-east corner of the UK,” said Grahame Madge.
13 million leisure trips are set to be taken by car between today and Sunday, making this the busiest May Day bank holiday on the roads since 2016.